Mr. Wilson joined the firm as a partner in 2011.
Mr. Wilson joined Fredericks Peebles & Morgan after serving on the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs as Senior Counsel for Chairman Senator Byron Dorgan. As Senior Counsel, Mr. Wilson staffed development of the Indian Energy Parity Act of 2010 for introduction by Senator Dorgan in the 111th Congress. Mr. Wilson also developed legislation on Indian energy taxation, water rights, and cultural and natural resources. Mr. Wilson managed the passage of five Indian water rights settlements and staffed the resolution of trust accounting and loan discrimination class-action lawsuits affecting thousands of individual Indians.
Prior to working for the Senate, Mr. Wilson served as the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission′s first Tribal Liaison. As the Commission′s point person for tribes, he was responsible for advising tribes and the Commission on renewable energy, natural gas pipelines, liquefied natural gas terminals and hydroelectric licensing. Mr. Wilson also served at the Department of Energy where he led the Department′s efforts to develop a report to Congress required by the Energy Policy Act of 2005 regarding energy rights-of-way on Indian lands. The report, “Section 1813 Indian Land Rights-of-Way Study,” confirmed the authority of tribes to consent to energy rights-of-way on tribal lands.
Mr. Wilson′s federal service began at the Department of the Interior where he represented the Bureau of Indian Affairs in hydroelectric licensing proceedings before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and federal Courts of Appeals. Prior to serving in the federal government, Mr. Wilson served as in-house counsel for the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin.
Tribal Sovereignty and Jurisdiction; Energy, Water, Natural and Cultural Resources; and Legislative and Administrative Representation.
District of Columbia; Wisconsin; U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin.
University of Wisconsin Law School (J.D., 1999); University of Wisconsin Institute for Environmental Studies (M.S., 1999); Miami University, Western College Program, Oxford, OH (B.Phil.,1992).
PRIOR LEGAL EXPERIENCE:
U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, Senior Counsel for the Majority (2008-2011); Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Tribal Liaison and Hydroelectric Licensing Environmental Protection Specialist (2004-2008); detail to the
Department of Energy, Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, Energy Policy Analyst (2006-2007); Department of the Interior, Office of the Solicitor, Division of Indian Affairs, Branch of Water and Power, Attorney-Advisor (2001-2004); Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin, Assistant Tribal Attorney and Environment and Natural Resources Attorney (2000-2001).
Wisconsin Bar Association; District of Columbia Bar Association.
Mr. Wilson′s Master′s thesis at the University of Wisconsin studied the impacts of hydroelectric development on the salmon harvests of the Columbia River Basin Indian tribes. His thesis, “Removing Dam Development to Recover Columbia Basin Treaty Protected Salmon Economies,” was published in the American Indian Law Review,
24 Am. Indian L. Rev. 357 (Winter 1999/2000). While serving as the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission′s Tribal Liaison, Mr. Wilson authored an article on the Commission′s Tribal Policy in International Water Power & Dam Construction